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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program

Abstinence Education Program
Number: 93.235
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.235 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program
Federal Agency (030):
Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title II Role Of Public Programs, Subtitle L Maternal and Child Services

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Title II Role of Public Programs, Subtitle L, Maternal and Child Health Service, Title V, Section 2954, Public Law 111-148, 42 U.S.C. 713(c)(1)., Title V, Section 2954, Public Law 111-148, 42 U.S.C 710.
Objectives (050):
To enable States to provide abstinence education, and at the option of the State, where appropriate, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity, with a focus on those groups which are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock. The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) appropriated funding for this program through FY 2014.
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
The purpose of an allotment under subsection (a) to a State is to enable the State to provide abstinence education, and at the option of the State, where appropriate, mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity, with a focus on those groups which are most likely to bear children out-of-wedlock.

Pursuant to Section 510(b)(2) of Title V of the Social Security Act, the term "abstinence education," for purposes of this program means an educational or motivational program that:
(A) Has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity;
(B) Teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children;
(C) Teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems;
(D) Teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity;
(E) Teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects;
(F) Teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society;
(G) Teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and
(H) Teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Funds are allotted to 59 States and Territories to enable them to carry out abstinence education programs. Eligible applicants include the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia, the republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
School-age girls and boys, adolescents, at-risk populations subject to out-of-wedlock births, parents, youth serving professionals and families.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
A signed letter from the authorized representative must accompany each application; it should include documentation establishing the authorized representative's authority to apply for and administer the Abstinence Education grant program funds on behalf of the State or Territory. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application procedures will be given in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Award Procedure (093):
ACF recruits and trains Federal staff and contractors to review applications. Program administrators review, observe, and edit comments of reviewers to ensure they are in compliance with guidelines and Federal law. Applications are rated “Approved,” “Approved with Conditions,” or “Approval Pending.” States that submit applications that are “Approved” receive grant awards and do not need to send further information. States that submit applications that are “Approved with Conditions" receive grant awards with descriptions of weaknesses and subsequent conditions that must be met in order to receive “Approved” status. The applicants are given a set time period to send to ACF a response that addresses the conditions. States that submit applications that are rated “Approval Pending” receive a list of weaknesses cited by the reviewer and directions for submitting an amended application that addresses the weaknesses. The State will not receive a grant award until the State submits a satisfactory application. The applicants are notified of a final due date for submission of a satisfactory application.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
From 90 to 120 days.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title V.
Matching Requirements: The statutory formula for this program is based upon census data. Grants awarded to each State are determined by a formula using the State's proportion of low-income children compared to the total number of low-income children in the U.S. based on the most recent Census data for children in poverty. For each fiscal year, the estimated allotment for each State or Territory will be updated based on the most current available census data and will be communicated to States by August 15 of the preceding fiscal year. Census data are unavailable for the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Thus, the allocations for these three entities are based on the amounts allocated to them by HHS in prior fiscal years. There is a required match of 43 nonfederal dollars for every 100 federal dollars. For example, if a state’s federal award is $100,000, the State must provide a match of $75,250, which would represent 43% of the total project cost of $175,000 (counting both federal grant and state match). The match can be reached by use of state dollars, local government dollars, and private dollars including foundation dollars, in-kind support, or any combination thereof.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
In accordance with Section 503 of the Social Security Act, “Any amount payable to a State under this title from allotments for a fiscal year which remains unobligated at the end of such year shall remain available to such State for obligation during the next fiscal year.” For example, funds appropriated and allocated to the States in FY 2010 (starting October 1, 2009) are available for obligation and expenditures through September 30, 2011. Two-year budget periods are contingent upon Congressional re-authorization or the continued extension of the authorization and funding of the program. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Draw downs are based upon need and project progress.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Progress reports and financial expenditure reports are required. The SF-425 is required semi-annually. Specific guidance regarding data to be reported will given in the program announcement. Program guidelines allow States to expend abstinence education funds over a two-year period. An interim Financial Status Report (SF-425) is due semi-annually, and a final fiscal report is due 90 days after the end of the project period. Performance monitoring occurs by reviewing program progress reports, conducting monitoring phone calls and conducting monitoring site visits.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. As described in Title V, Section 506(b)(1) of the Social Security Act, each state shall, not less often than once every 2 years, audit its expenditures from amounts received under this title.
Records (113):
Records of the recipient shall be made available to the Secretary to secure an accurate description of the activities for which funds were spent in achieving the purposes of this section. States shall make available copies of reports and audits for public inspection within the State. Within 30 days following the completion of each audit report, the State shall submit a copy of that audit report to the Secretary.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $38,917,481; FY 13 est $47,450,000; and FY 14 est $46,400,000 - All funds are available through the Affordable Care Act.

Estimated $47,450,000 ACA funds will be obligated in FY13 due to 5.1% sequestration reduction of $50,000,000 allocation.
Estimated $46,400,000 ACA funds will be obligated in FY14 due to 7.2% sequestration reduction of $50,000,000 allocation.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range: $47,916-$5,632,001 Average: $804,237 ($47,450,000 divided by 59 eligible States, Territories and the District of Columbia).
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, it is anticipated that 59 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Contact the Family and Youth Services Bureau central office for available literature. You may also get information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website at the following address: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Marc D. Clark 1250 Maryland Ave, SW 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: marc.clark@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-205-8496 Fax: 202-205-9535
Website Address (153):
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Grantees implement a wide range of program types including: in-class abstinence education, after-school abstinence education, parent education, training for abstinence educators, mentoring, counseling, adult supervision, assemblies, community retreats, conferences and other activities. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Applications are reviewed for addressing all criteria given in the funding opportunity announcement.